“When we contemplate the sufferings of Jesus He grants us, according to the measure of our faith,
the grace to practice the virtues He revealed during those sacred hours.”
St. Angela Merici
When I read the above quote for the day by St. Angela Merici,
my immediate response was…
“Am I ready?”
Am I ready to step up, to man up, to woman up (for those more sensitive to gender)
to the virtues, the trials, the tribulations that Jesus
readily revealed, experienced and endured during his time of suffering???
That of betrayal, arrest, a mock trial, scourging, the Via Dolorosa, being nailed
to a tree, being hoisted into the air…only to hang by his hands and feet…
deprived of relief…
a long, slow, torturous and inevitably painful death…?
Am I ready?
Am I ready, am I willing, to take up my own cross that He is ready and most willing to
handoff to me?
I ran track in high school…
I ran two different relays.
I know about handoffs.
I know about the importance of the syncing of the handoff.
The necessary effortlessness.
Hand to hand.
So the question remains…
Am I ready…
Am I ready when He would desire to extend such a “grace” to me?
It is a tall order.
It is even a hazardous order given our day and times.
But it is one that we, the faithful, must be willing to take.
The day’s light grows dim.
Time is of the essence.
Are we, both you and I, ready to man up?
St. Francis had to ask himself the same question when confronted with what was a perceived
horror of his own day…leprosy.
In his conversion, he had submitted his all to God.
He had humbled himself to man…but was he willing to humble himself to God?
Was he willing to trust with a blind faith?
Would he, could he, walk the talk when faced with a possible and impending doom?
Spoiler alert…he did.
“Now, as he was riding one day over the plain of Assisi he met a leper,
whose sudden appearance filled him with fear and horror;
but forthwith calling to mind the resolution which he had made to follow after perfection,
and remembering that if he would be a soldier of Christ he must first overcome himself,
he dismounted from his horse and went to meet the leper, that he might embrace him:
and when the poor man stretched out his hand to receive an alms,
he kissed it and filled it with money.
Having again mounted his horse, he looked around him over the wide and open plain,
but nowhere could he see the leper;
upon which, being filled with wonder and joy,
he began devoutly to give thanks to God,
purposing within himself to proceed to still greater things than this.”
St. Bonaventure, p. 4
An Excerpt From
The Life of St. Francis